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No Dairy for YOU!

May 16, 2011

So – one of the things that I OK’d on this trip to Whole Food Veganism (Whole Food Plant Based or whatever you want to call it) was sushi.  I LOVE sushi. I know that I don’t *need* seafood in my diet, but sometimes – I love it.  Let’s just call it my infrequent chocolate cake. It’s not like I’m eating it every day.

So – yesterday we go to our favorite sushi place – two of my girlfriends and I – and we enjoy some sushi. After, they’re getting green tea ice cream.  I want some ice cream too. I remind myself that I am not on this diet to lose weight – but to be healthier…and having a treat for my mental health is OK.  So – I run across the street to grab some from the ice cream place (I hate green tea).  I won’t mention the name of the place, but it rhymes with cold stone dreamery.

Anyway – it’s raining out. I walk in the door, see the little yellow “caution slippery” sign, there are no mats, and BAM! I slip and land right. on. my. knee.  The same knee that has put me in a shit mood cause I can’t exercise.  The same knee that I just had surgery on. The same knee that I am still in physical therapy for.

An ER trip later, I find that my insurance will likely still limit my physical therapy (even though it is almost a “new injury”) AND I really can’t file against these people because I didn’t call the cops when it happened.  So – anytime you are hurt someplace – be ridiculous in your documentation – as you may need it.

That’s what I get for wanting some dairy in my diet.

What not to do when you’re stuck at a mall

May 15, 2011

So – I spent all day at a test (took tons of food) but ended up at a mall after, and starving. What to do?  I guess I should have gone the salad somewhere route….but I hate salads. I went with Thai Lettuce Wraps at the place that rhymes with Pleasecake Factory.  I love them.  About 2 years ago I found them. Questioned the hell out of the staff and found that 1) the noodles were rice noodles, 2) the peanut sauce didn’t have soy sauce, and 3) the meal was generally gluten free.

Now, I’m not even going to go into the fact that there was chicken on the plate that I ate a bit of, but I cleared all the lettuce, noodles, sprouts, carrots, and peanut sauce…just a little of the chicken.

I find out yesterday (as I’m about done with the plate) that 1) the rice noodles are not wholly rice, 2) there is soy sauce in the peanut sauce, and 3) the meal is not even slightly gluten free. What. The. Fuck. People.

So – enter today. I have a bit of a tummy ache (not bad) and definitely have a gluten hangover. I am angry, annoyed, and bit “punchy.”  Grrrr.  Screw you Pleasecake Factory.  That’s what I get for eating chicken I guess.

First full day(ish)

May 11, 2011

This is hard.  Never mind that you have to pack a LOT of food to make it through a day, but beyond that, it is hard. My body wants whatever it can’t have. That’s pretty natural.  Although I’m craving cakey things – which I haven’t been able to have for what seems like forever. What gives?

I started off my day with a gluten-free, dairy-free donut.  I was too intent on finishing them and they were too enjoyable to let them go to waste. Then I ate. I ate.  All. Day. Long.  And still – about 1500 cals. It’s kinda bizarre.  I’m trying to find things of different textures and flavors to make it a little better (brown rice, pickled carrots, etc). The hardest thing has been breakfast….everything is oatmeal this, oatmeal that. I hate oatmeal made without milk. I’m going to have to figure this one out.

Groceries and “whole food veganism”

May 10, 2011

$120 that I don’t have, and what’s the first thing I bust into? donuts.  The only non-vegan thing in the basket. Although to be fair, they were dairy free, casein free, and gluten free. And they weren’t made with a bunch of chemicals. So, they could have been worse.

Forks Over Knives

May 9, 2011

I saw this movie tonight…it says the same thing as the China Study (which it’s based on) and Eat to Live (which I adored)- so here I am contemplating the idea of real food plant based diet. the major drawbacks? time and simple availability. No more just go out to eat, and more prep will have to happen in my life!

What kinda annoyed me about the movie – is the end says “continue the discussion at http://forksoverknives.com/ .  Guess what discussion is there? Nothing!  It’s all a big time movie ad site.  WTF?

North End Eats – Giacomo’s Restaurant

April 26, 2007

Dinner – Wednesday, April 25, 2007 – Every time I’ve been by this place, I see a huge line out the door. I never knew why, since it’s cash only (I hate that), no reservations, and there’s a million super places on the same street.  We showed up at about 4:45, early for dinner, and had to wait outside in the rain, even though there was someone inside eating, and they knew we were waiting.

The server we had wasn’t fun, but the food was awesome, so I guess that made up for the annoying broad.

On the other hand – why is there always a line?  Turns out, this place has $17 bottles of wine.  Tons of them.  AND a $37 bottle of BAROLO!  I LOVE that stuff!

I had grilled salmon with tons of fabulous veggies.  They were good, but not marinated in anything, or anything more than I could have made at home. Except with a $37 bottle of Barolo.

North End Eats – Bacco

April 23, 2007

Dinner – Sunday, April 22, 2007 – The sun was shining, and the doors were swung wide open down the whole side of the building – beckoning me, asking me to come and hang out. Seriously, it was calling my name!

I started off with a fabulous glass of wine (although I don’t remember which one?), and then moved on to an super yummy caprese appetizer. I thought it was a little small for the price ($10) – with just 4 small chunks of chese, 3 slices of tomato, and a little mixed greens. Apparently, it also comes with some sort of giant “crouton.”

Dinner was just another appetizer, one of the specials, which was a stuffed pepper. It was stuffed with ground beef, rice, peppers, tomatoes, something else, something else….oh it was SO YUMMY!!

North End Eats – Ristorante Lucia

April 19, 2007

Lunch – Thursday, April 19, 2007 – I walked in and had to wait a bit to even see someone that worked there. Although, it was a slow Thursday daytime, so perhaps they just don’t really plan for lunch?  I asked about things that don’t involve flour or pasta – and he just handed me a dinner menu and said there were more things in there.  I wasn’t excited with that answer, and had to still ask more questions (apparently – baked chicken is breaded, and sautéed chicken is not). 

I ended up with the Chicken Marsala. It was OK. The chicken was dry, but the no-flour (made to order) marsala sauce and billions of mushrooms were fabulous!  It is probably usually served with pasta or something of that nature, since the order was pretty small. It would have been nice if they offered something that they could give me instead, but I also should have asked.

The place was kinda weird in that everything had a fake white marble to it. The bathrooms looked like a mountain threw up in it. It was kinda bizarre.  They take credit cards, as well as reservations on that reservation system, but overall, I just felt it was an OK.

North End Eats – Mother Anna’s

April 18, 2007

www.motherannas.com

211 Hanover – Lunch – Wednesday, April 18, 2007 –  We came into some old Italian opera music that made me dread my decision the second I walked in the door.  You walked right into a giant bar that looks like it would be fun and lively on a Friday night – and I felt a little better.   The place had a great little brick wall feel, and tons of signed Boston Bruins stuff all over some of the walls. So, once I got past the music, I was in love.

For an appetizer we started with the Peppers and cheese – which is like the regular caprese with roasted red peppers instead of the tomatoes. It was delish!  I got a pomegranate martini that was on the specials sheet, and it was AMAZING. Pomegranite vodka mixed with Citrus vodka. I have to remember that. I ordered the Pollo Venenzia – which is a Lemon Mushroom Artichoke chicken. Now, I don’t like lemon, so I’m not sure why I ordered it. Turns out, it’s in a lemon BUTTER sauce.  And by butter, I mean the plate probably had a whole stick of it.  It was amazing!  And huge.   My friend got the tortellini special – something with cheese, mushrooms, peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, stuff like that. It looked great!

 I walked down to the bathroom on the bottom floor, and they have 2 full rooms of more tables, which brick and stone walls – had a nice homey feel to it.

 Overall the place was really good. I give it almost a great!

North End Eats – Boston Beanstock Coffee Co.

April 17, 2007

http://bostonbeanstock.com/

Seriously – my new favorite coffee joint!

First of all, they have free internet. I know, because I’m typing this from there right now.  They have 1883 syrups, and if you’ve ever been with me when I find a place that has those, you KNOW how much I love them. Slight boo to the fact that they don’t have the tootsie-roll like chocolate flavor, but they have real caramel sauce, so I’ll forgive them.

I ordered a double super-dry cappuccino, which was a little wet for my taste, but had a fair amount of foam.  I asked for caramel, and they gave me some, but not enough to sweeten it for real.

On to dinner – I ordered a Porto-belly Panini (please, don’t lecture me about bread right now, I KNOW). Oh my god. It was amazing.  I did have them add some mozzarella cheese to it – and they did it well. Just enough that it made it all cheesy, but not too much that it took away from the goat cheese that was already on there.  Add that to the yummy marinated mushrooms, caramelized onion, and whatever the super sauce is on there. This thing was SPECTACULAR! Yum.

I’ll give this one a GRRRREAT!